Indie outfit founders move on
After a 10-year run yielding films such as “You Can Count on Me,” the video releases of pics including “Super Size Me” and Broadway shows including “Chicago,” indie outfit Hart Sharp has officially shuttered.The end, which had been expected for many months, was announced Wednesday by co-founder John Hart. He also unveiled his next venture, a more scaled-down film and theater outfit called Evamere. Jeffrey Sharp is also understood to be forming a production company. Describing Evamere as director-friendly, Hart said one of its projects would be Todd Solondz’s next film, “Life During Wartime.” The company is also developing pics “Alice Goes to Harlem,” from scripters Geoffrey Holder and Hilton Als; James Solomon’s “The Conspirator”; and “Macbeth” adaptation “Come Like Shadows,” by Nick Saunders and Jennifer Lee Carrell. The new shingle will not have a video arm. Hart Sharp Video has contributed tens of millions in annual revenue recently. John Sloss’ Cinetic Media has been brought in to solicit bids for the video division. Hart will continue to play a management role in Hart Sharp library titles and private equity funds. In the split, some projects will be taken over by Hart or Sharp individually. Hart’s include “Revolutionary Road,” written by Justin Haythe based on Richard Yates’ novel, which Hart is producing with BBC Films, and “Breakfast With Tiffany,” directed Tommy O’Haver. Hart’s film credits include “Boys Don’t Cry,” “You Can Count on Me,” “Proof” and “The Night Listener.” He also produced stage revivals of “How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,” “Guys and Dolls” and “The Who’s Tommy.” Focus Features will release Hart Sharp’s “Evening,” a Michael Cunningham-penned drama starring Vanessa Redgrave, Meryl Streep and Claire Danes, on June 15.
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